Taking action against cancer is a team effort. It requires the participation of state and local government, business owners, employers, and community organizations to raise awareness about the many forms of cancer and help educate the public on the steps they can take to prevent cancer.
Each champion below has played an instrumental role in bringing the Cancer Prevention in Action message to the people of our community. We thank them for their leadership and commitment to taking action against cancer.
Laurie Kimball, Cancer Survivor
My name is Laurie Kimball. I am a wife, a mother of six, a grandmother of 5, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, and I am Breast Cancer (BC) survivor. As a 30-year employee, I can say many great things about St Mary’s Healthcare, but today I am going to speak not as an employee, but as a woman diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 53. This is my story. It is a window to how very important early detection is and how it not only saved my life, but also saved me from more invasive body altering surgery.
Dr. William Mayer, MD, CPE, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs & Quality Management at St. Mary’s Healthcare
Dr. William Mayer, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs & Quality Management at St. Mary’s Healthcare has served in this role since 2014 but has been with St. Mary’s for many years serving as a member of our Medical Staff, and through his private practice, Mayer and Cope. Dr. Mayer is a true leader in healthcare through his team-oriented approach with improving the quality and safety of the care delivered at St. Mary’s Healthcare. Dr. Mayer is a CPiA champion because practicing prevention was an area he focused and practiced in for many years as a primary care physician in the beginning of his medical career. Dr. Mayer strongly believes in the importance of catching cancer early when it is easiest to treat through regular routine cancer screening exams. He has been an advocate for CPiA with helping the community understand that practicing prevention should be more at the forefront of everyday practice.
City of Amsterdam – Rob Spagnola, Tourism, Marketing & Recreation Director
The City of Amsterdam NY is located in Montgomery County, New York. The completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 was an economic boom to the city, which became an important manufacturing center known for its carpets. The city developed on both sides of the Mohawk River. Today The City of Amsterdam encourages you to visit the wonderful museums, experience 24+ beautiful parks, bike paths, historical sites and many quality family owned restaurants as well as numerous options for lodging. The City of Amsterdam Recreation Department maintains more than 50 of the City’s parks, veteran’s monuments, traffic islands, bridges, pool and athletic fields on a daily basis. The Recreation Department also plans, organizes and oversees the major events in the City throughout the calendar year as well as community activities, youth programming, and recreational adult and youth sports leagues.
Rob Spagnola, Director of Tourism, Marketing and Recreation Department for the City of Amsterdam is a CPiA champion for welcoming and adopting 2 sun safety policies. The city adopted sun safety policies for outdoor worksite for all city employees as well as a sun safety policy for outdoor recreation for all residents and visitors. The city has installed several shade sails and sunscreen dispensers in various parks throughout the city to provide shade and protect visitors and residents. We appreciate The City of Amsterdam, NY for being the first sun safe city in Montgomery County NY.
Pictured: Rob Spagnola – Tourism, Marketing & Recreation Director and Michele Pawlik – Tourism, Marketing & Recreation Specialist
City of Gloversville – Vincent DeSantis, Mayor
The City of Gloversville NY was originally settled by New England Puritans in the 1790’s. As the community grew, leather tanning became a prominent local industry and the manufacture of gloves became widespread as a cottage industry. In 1828, the settlement was officially given its current name upon the establishment of the first post office. Steady growth followed not only through manufacturing but through Gloversville’s prominence as a gateway to the Adirondacks with its rich supplies of lumber, firs and other forest products. Today Gloversville’s physical character is reflective of much of its history and traditions. The city is surrounded by a truly rural environment dominated by fields and forests with almost no strip mall or residential sprawl. The pristine beauty of the Adirondacks, with its lakes and forests, is only a ten minute drive from the City’s Center. Not a single traffic light interrupts travelers between the city line and the vastness of the wilderness on any one of several two-lane roadways.
Mayor Vincent DeSantis and the Gloversville Common Council are CPiA champions for adopting 3 cancer prevention policies. The city adopted sun safety policies for outdoor worksite for all city employees as well as a sun safety policy for outdoor recreation for all residents and visitors. The third policy that was adopted through the Mayor and the Common Council was a Paid Time Off For Cancer Screening Policy for their employees which was also added and updated to their employee handbook. We appreciate Mayor DeSantis and the Common Council for reducing the cancer burden by having a city that welcomes and encourages actions to take against cancer with these policies in place.
St. Mary’s Healthcare – Dr. Mahvash Majeed, M.D.
Dr. Majeed M.D. is a pediatric doctor at St. Mary’s Memorial Pediatric Health Center located in Amsterdam NY. The Pediatric team at St. Mary’s knows your little one is the most important person in your life, so we treat them like one of our own. You’re never just another patient at St. Mary’s. The staff at the hospital and both of our pediatric health centers remains committed to providing high-quality care in a child-friendly setting by focusing on each child’s unique needs while incorporating a family-centered care approach. This means that we will work with you to care for your child’s specific needs, whether it’s a newborn or an adolescent, and whether it’s a minor injury or illness, or a complex condition. Our staff is trained to care for each child and their special needs.
Dr. Majeed is a CPiA champion and strongly recommends to her age appropriate patients to obtain the cancer prevention vaccine HPV, human papillomavirus. She is the doctor featured in our CPiA HPV video and strongly believes that the HPV vaccine is cancer prevention. We applaud Dr. Majeed and her entire staff for their dedication and commitment to reduce the cancer burden in the community they serve.
St. Mary’s Healthcare – Dr. Emily Etzkorn, M.D.
Dr. Etzkorn, M.D. specializes and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics. She has been in private practice in Amsterdam, NY since 2001 and maintains a busy primary care practice there. She enjoys taking care of the entire family. She maintains hospital privileges at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, NY. Their mission is to provide compassionate, timely, excellent medical care for the entire family. The practice offers preventative health care, chronic disease management and sick care for all ages. Dr. Etzkorn is a CPiA champion because she values distributing education on sun safety practices to all her patients as well as being a huge advocate for age-appropriate patients to obtain the cancer prevention vaccine HPV, human papillomavirus. We applaud Dr. Etzkorn and her entire staff for their dedication and commitment to reducing the cancer burden in the community they serve.